Duel flat champion jockey Oisin Murphy picked up three winners at Epsom Downs’s two-day Bank Holiday card as he pulled 17 victories clear of second-placed William Buick.
Godolphin retained rider Buick himself picked up a treble across Monday’s and Tuesday’s contests, but now faces a long battle to topple the reigning king at the close of the 2021 campaign.
Beautiful Surprise won the opener on Monday afternoon for the Irish pilot and Newmarket handler Hugo Palmer before Curtiz ran out an easy successor for Hughie Morrison to justify heavy market support.
Murphy’s sole victory on Tuesday was for the Andrew Balding-trained Hey Teacher, while fan-favourite rider Hollie Doyle claimed a winner aboard Arenas Del Tiempo as a remarkable eight favourites from the 14 contests passed the post first.
Derby winner chief Charlie Appleby celebrated a worthwhile trip to Surrey as New Mission shed his maiden tag on the Downs, while Recon Mission enjoyed a second-course win at the track.
Training duo William Muir and Chris Grassick also enjoyed a 100% strike-rate at the meeting, with their only two runners Firepower and Goldnay Gold both recording wins.